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#SEEP2019 Training Expo

We were excited to debut the Training Expo to the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference. The Training Expo gave attendees the opportunity to learn, engage and collaborate in one of six crash course trainings. The 2-hour sessions were led by highly skilled facilitators, experienced in a range of thematic topics: consensus building, market assessments, data-driven design, creative change leadership, and more! Explore the sessions below, and get ready to leave the Annual Conference with a new skill.

Training hosts

Becoming a Creative Change Leader

Facilitated by Sarah De Greef, Ouzia

This session helped participants understand why creative thinking is an essential skill in a permanently changing world and how creative thinking facilitates building resilience and stimulating innovation. The main part of the session is practical and interactive: participants learned how they can start to develop their creative thinking skills. We introduced attendees to the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) methodology. They discovered their personal creative problem solving preferences and learn to apply the CPS process and key tools to a concrete challenge. Participants experienced what it means to solve complex problems in a more structured, creative and collaborative way.

CPS was launched in the 1940s as one of the first applied creativity process models and is since being researched and further developed at the International Center for Studies in Creativity and the Creative Education Foundation. We used the latest version of this influential method.

About the Facilitator


Sarah De Greef, Chief Ideator

Sarah De Greef worked in Europe and the US and has a broad experience in leading teams in a high demanding innovative environment dealing with strategic and regulatory challenges. She recently founded OUZIA - with 2 other women -whose mission is to use Creative Problem Solving as a means for empowering individuals and organizations to develop a creative mindset and drive complex challenges to successful results.

She studied law and philosophy at the KULeuven in Belgium, at the Universidad Complutense in Spain and at Columbia University in the US. She was certified in the CPS methodology in the US. 

L’animatrice de cet atelier est francophone et sera en mesure d’intervenir en français lors de la formation.

La plupart des supports du cours seront également disponibles en langue française.

Roadmaps to Resilience: Using Humanitarian Standards to Strengthen Markets Programming

Facilitated by Aninia Nadig and Cathy Watson, Humanitarian Standards Partnership

Humanitarian and development practitioners alike benefited from learning how humanitarian standards can support and strengthen market-aware and market-based approaches to response, recovery and long-term resiliency. This session explored how the seven standards that comprise the Humanitarian Standards Partnership can and should be utilized when designing, implementing or evaluating market systems programs in emergency response and longer-term development contexts. Applying a market systems lens, the session introduced participants to the basic structure and purpose of humanitarian standards, explore the key actions, key indicators and guidance notes that lead to resiliency, and learn how the seven sets of Standards contribute to Quality and Accountability to Affected Populations. Through practical exercises, discussion and learning activities, participants engaged with the standards and draw out their relevance for their respective fields of expertise.

About the Facilitators


Aninia Nadig, Policy and Practice Manager

Aninia is Policy and Practice Manager with Sphere and coordinates the Humanitarian Standards Partnership. Over the past two years, she was heavily involved in the revision of the fourth edition of the Sphere Handbook, which was launched in fall of 2018. Aninia represents Sphere and the Humanitarian Standards Partnership at industry events and serves as an advocate for application and use of Sphere and partner standards. Prior to joining Sphere, Aninia was Country Analyst at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Before that, she worked on Dutch and EU refugee and asylum policy issues with Dutch non-profit organisations.


Cathy Watson, Social Development Consultant

Cathy is a social development consultant and the coordinator of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS). Her experience includes participatory research and writing; evaluations; training and capacity building; strategic planning; and workshop facilitation. Cathy’s field work experience includes 4 years with Turkana pastoralists in Kenya; 4 years with Karimojong pastoralists in Uganda; support to small-holder farmers in Zimbabwe and Kenya; and urban poverty and livelihoods in Ethiopia. Her employment experience includes social science support to NGO development worker teams, NGO middle management, and leading research teams.

Quick Immersion: Market Analysis and Resilience in Humanitarian Response

Facilitated by Lynn Yoshikawa and Sahara Dahir Ibrahim, CaLP

This training introduced the concept of market mapping and cover key topics in market assessment and analysis. At this session, participants learned why market analysis is critical to humanitarian response, how programs interact with markets and how market-oriented thinking can strengthen humanitarian response to build community resilience. Participants were introduced to common market assessment tools that may be applied in a variety of contexts and understand factors that can affect market performance, and in turn, their choice of response. The training draws from CaLP's course, Core Cash Voucher Assistance Skills for Program Staff.

About the Facilitators


Lynn Yoshikawa, Regional Representative

Lynn joined CaLP in December 2017, bringing 15 years of humanitarian experience to her role as Regional Representative, North America. Her career includes experience in the field (the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Afghanistan) and headquarter offices, where she specialized in assessments, coordination, and policy analysis. Most recently, Lynn was an independent consultant focused on providing assessments and evaluations to humanitarian organizations such as ACAPS, CaLP, DRC, iMMAP, IRC, OCHA, and UNHCR. She has also worked with InterAction, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Oxfam, and Refugees International.


Sahara Dahir Ibrahim, Program Manager

Sahara Dahir Joined CaLP on secondment from CARE in February 2019 as Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa. She leads the Capacity Building for the Region. She is also the focal point person for market related initiatives for CaLP. Her last years at CARE were spent as the partnership Initiative Manager where her work involved Program management and representation in clusters, coordination meetings and leading Somaliland Cash working Group. She also has nine years experience of curating compelling heritage programmes from the National Museums of Kenya that engaged national and international audiences.

Leading Smart Policy Design: Improving Women’s Safety and Economic Empowerment

Facilitated by Charlotte Tuminelli and Ammar Malik, Harvard Kennedy School

In this session, participants learned about and practice applying Evidence for Policy Design’s (EPoD’s) Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) framework, which is a collaborative, iterative, and evidence-based approach to solving pressing policy problems. Using a caselet focused on a research-policy collaboration that leverages technology to improve women’s safety in urban Pakistan, participants practiced applying the problem diagnosis tool from the SPDI framework to a major barrier to gender equality. The session demonstrated the application of economic theory and data to inform diagnosis of underlying issues driving this challenge before considering solutions. Participants left the session with a clear understanding of the benefits of applying Harvard’s SPDI framework, and tools for applying it to improve resilience of key populations worldwide.

About the Facilitators


Charlotte Tuminelli, Senior Training Manager

Charlotte Tuminelli is the Senior Training Manager at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), where she plans and delivers trainings focused on evidence use in decision making. Her goal is ensuring that EPoD's trainings are pedagogically sound, practically relevant, and smoothly delivered. Previously, she supported teaching and research projects for faculty at Harvard Business School. Charlotte has taught in rural India, worked for multiple Boston-area nonprofits, and consulted on local and international education projects. She holds a Master's in Education (Ed.M.) in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in International Studies/Foreign Languages from Stonehill College.


Ammar A. Malik, Director of Research 

Ammar A. Malik is Director of Research at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he leads research-policy engagements that derive actionable policy insights from rigorous research. His own research explores how the spatial structure of cities affects economic outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining Harvard, he was Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute and Program Officer for Shelter & Housing at Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority. He holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University and graduate degrees in public affairs from Sciences Po Paris and the National University of Singapore.


Measuring Women's Empowerment through Savings Groups: What Do We Really Know?

Facilitated by Katherine Rickard and Lis Meyers, Nathan Associates

There is strong evidence that Savings Groups (SGs) expand access to financial resources by women, and contribute to asset accumulation and increased business investments. This is why SGs are commonly promoted as an economic strengthening strategy within women's empowerment (WE) programming. There is, however, a need to better understand the pathways between SGs and WE; and to expand measurement frameworks beyond short-term, economic outcomes.

Drawing from a recently released study, the Co-facilitators:

  • Provided a review of the evidence, and the contribution of SGs to various domains of women's empowerment
  • Identified gaps in monitoring and results measurement (MRM) systems
  • Introduced good practices, indicators, and existing tools for the effective design and measurement of WE outcomes

Participants in this session:

  • Gained an understanding of why considering, tracking, and measuring empowerment is critical to SG activities
  • Learned about key WE domains and what initiatives work to create changes
  • Worked on their own high level theory of change based on an intervention of their choice
  • Explored collectively the MRM toolkit to identify and critique tools for measuring empowerment

About the Facilitators


Katherine Rickard, Senior Consultant

Katherine is a senior consultant in financial sector development with Nathan Associates London, specializing in gender-sensitive financial inclusion and women's economic empowerment. Currently, Katherine manages DFID's largest financial sector development program in Bangladesh, BFP-B, working to enable MSEs access financial services. This includes the development of the first National Financial Inclusion strategy for Bangladesh. In collaboration with the SEEP Network, Katherine led a one-year research initiative to understand the relationship between Savings Groups and women's empowerment, culminating in the development of a learning brief (Women's Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?) and a monitoring and results measurement toolkit.


Lis Meyers, Managing Associate

Ms. Meyers has designed and facilitated foundational Gender 101 and advanced Gender Integration trainings for USAID, Nathan Associates, and NGOs with a focus on agriculture, economic growth and trade sectors. Ms. Meyers is currently facilitating a 6-part workshop on Gender Equity in the Workplace for Leadership Greater Washington. In 2015 and 2016, she designed and facilitated Persuasive Communications training for women business-owners in Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. Ms. Meyers serves as a co-facilitator of the SEEP Women's Economic Empowerment Working Group and assisted in Ethiopia field research to inform the women's empowerment in savings group research.

Breakthrough Collaboration: How Multi-stakeholder Partnerships can Achieve Ambitious Development Goals

Facilitated by David Fairman, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

This session offered a framework for starting and sustaining multi-stakeholder collaboration when trust is low and interests are not well-aligned. Participants tested the use of the framework with an exercise to develop a community-NGO-government partnership for environmental and economic resilience in Indonesia. After working through the case, participants reflected on the framework’s relevance to their own ongoing work, and identify actionable steps they can take to improve collaboration.

About the Facilitator


David Fairman

David Fairman is Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. For 28 years, he has built consensus and enhanced collaboration capacity on complex public and organizational issues internationally and in the U.S. His primary focus is building effective multi-stakeholder partnerships, organizational strategies, and dispute resolution systems to meet challenges of sustainable development. 


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